The First and Second Letters to Timothy (Anchor Bible Commentaries) (The Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries) Hardcover – 3 Dec 2007
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The letters of Paul to Timothy, one of his favorite delegates, often make for difficult reading in today's world. They contain much that make modern readers uncomfortable, and much that is controversial, including pronouncements on the place of women in the Church and on homosexuality, as well as polemics against the so-called "false teachers." They have also been of a source of questions within the scholarly community, where the prevailing opinion since the nineteenth century is that someone else wrote the letters and signed Paul's name in order to give them greater authority.
Using the best of modern and ancient scholarship, Luke Timothy Johnson provides clear, accessible commentary that will help lay readers navigate the letters and better understand their place within the context Paul's teachings. Johnson's conclusion that they were indeed written by Paul himself ensures that this volume, like the other Anchor Bible Commentaries, will attract the attention of theologians and other scholars.
About the Author
Luke Timothy Johnson is Professor of New Testament at the Chandler School of Theology, Emory University, in Atlanta, Georgia. He is the author of The Letter of James (Anchor Bible) and of the bestseller The Real Jesus, as well as other books and numerous articles on the New Testament.
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the defence of authenticity, he fights "the good fight" (1Tim 1,18; NIV), and thus he harshley criticizes the majority position which can no longer be seriously maintained. His approach may be outlined as follows: The Letters to Timothy are real rather than fictional letters, they are to be understood within the framework of Paul's ministry (he proposes Acts 20,1-3 as a possible setting) and the socio-historical realities of the first century. Each letter addresses a particular situation and must therefore be considered individually rather than as part of a larger group. They have to be compared within the Pauline corpus, e.g. 1Tim with 1Cor. Concerning the lack of any literal coherence of 1Tim - on the one hand personal paraenesis, but on the other instructions about the community's life - Johnson draws a comparison with the royal correspondence (mandata principis) of the Roman emperors and shows that 1Tim belongs to a well-established epistolary form. On 2Tim, too, Johnson offers a first-rate exegesis. Furthermore, I have highly appreciated Johnson's outlines of the "real-life occasions" and the setting of the letters and his amount of source material, especially from hellenistic moral discourse. In my view this commentary is a work that will doubtless be a spring from which future studies will draw benefit. For a more detailed treatment see my in-depth review posted at amazon.de under the previous ISBN 0385484224.
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